Case Interviews: What are they and do you need to prepare?

As a business student, you may have heard of a case interview. Simply put, a case interview asks that you communicate a solution to a complex business problem. At a high level, case interviews allow firms to evaluate how you address problems.  Critical thinking, structuring your thoughts, and communication are key skills that will help you to stand out during a case.  Remember that while your answer is important, the process by which you got there is just as important.

Case interview questions vary greatly from the standard behavior-based interview questions and can take place in a variety of industries and functions, from consulting and finance to tech and marketing. Case interviewing evaluates very specific skill sets, and to succeed preparation is crucial. If you will be doing case interviews, It is never too early to begin preparing.

The first step is to determine if your chosen industry and/or business function utilizes this style of interviewing to vet candidates. You may consider using Glassdoor to evaluate specific  target companies and  schedule an appointment with your career coach to discuss whether case interviewing takes place in your industry and/or function of interest broadly. If so, your coach can provide tips on how to prepare for a case interview, along with the resources below.

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By W. P. Carey Career Services Center
W. P. Carey Career Services Center